PSY 5090 SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY
SPRING SEMESTER 2006
AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY CLASSES MEET: MONDAY
DR. SAMUEL FUNG 4:30-7:30 P.M.
OFFICE: CL 307B ROOM: CL 306
PHONE: (931)221-7239 OFFICE HOURS: As posted
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org outside the office.
The course focuses upon the mutual interaction of individuals with social institutions and the dynamics of behavior in a social context.
1. To understand the “History, Characteristics, Social Interaction Emphasis and System
Approach of Social and Community Psychology.” (CACREP K2a, 2c)
2. To explore the “Social Influence Process”: (CACREP K2b)
A. Conformity, Compliance, Obedience
B. Mass Communication, Propaganda, and Persuasion
C. Social Cognition and Attribution Process (Inferring Internal or External Causes of
3. To study “Destructive Social Interaction”: (CACREP K2a, K2c)
A. Aggression: Causes and Prevention
B. Prejudice and Discrimination: Differences, Causes and Prevention
4. To explore “Constructive Social Interaction”: (CACREP K2c)
A. Love and Attraction: Causes/Factors which affecting Attraction
5. To study specific “Community Psychology Topics”: (CACREP K2a, K2b, K2c)
A. Consultation Services and Prevention Programs: Differences and Types of Prevention
B. Crisis Intervention and Stressful-Life Event: Stress Management and Crisis Intervention
6. To demonstrate research competency in literature search and scholarly paper related to a
topicin either Social or Community Psychology (CACREP: K8a, K8b, K8c)
Aronson, Elliot. Readings About The Social Animal (9th. Edition). New York: Worth
1. A thorough understanding of the text. Read the text as assigned schedule.
2. Attendance at class meetings and participation in class discussions.
3. Research Project & Class Report.
Research project may address any verifiable hypothesis of interest to you in social and
community psychology. You are responsible for developing a proposal and a final
report baed on your proposed analysis and interpretation of results. The final report
should be about 10 pages long. It should include at least seven psychological journal
articles as references. This paper must be typed in double-spaced and according to
A.P.A. format. Research paper is due on April 10, 2006
4. Five article reviews from at least three different types of journals. 2-3 pages long.
* 2 article reviews are due before/on February 6, 2006
* 2 article reviews are due before/on March 13, 2006
* 1 article review is due on April 3, 2006
5. Exams based on lectures and text readings.
There will be three examinations. Each exam will consist of multiple choice and/or essay questions. These exams are not designed to be cumulative. Examinations will be held according to the following schedule:
1st Exam: February 13, 2006
2nd Exam: March 27, 2006
Final Exam: May 1, 2006
First Examination: Lecture and Discussion Topics
I. History Characteristics, Social Interaction Emphasis and System Approach of Social
and Community Psychology
A. INTRODUCTION: REFLECTIONS ON THE RESEARCH PROCESS (Textbook): (1/23 &
1. Research in Social Psychology as a Leap of Faith
B. Reading Articles in Library: (1/30)
Georgoudi, M., & Rosnow, R. L. (1985). Notes toward a contextualist understanding of
social psychology. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 11, 5-22.
Guidelines on multicultural education, training, research, practice, and organizational
change for psychologists. (2003, May). American Psychologist, 58, 377-402.
II. Social Influence Process:
A. CONFORMITY AND OBEDIENCE (Textbook): (1/30 & 2/6)
3. Opinions and Social Pressure
4. Behavioral Study of Obedience
5. "From Jerusalem to Jericho": A Study of Situational and Dispositional Variables in Helping
7. Making Sense of the Nonsensical: An Analysis of Jonestown
B. MASS COMMUNICATION, PROPAGANDA, AND PERSUASION (Textbook): (1/30 &
8. Effects of Varying the Recommendations in a Fear-Arousing Communication
10. The Impact of Mass Media Violence on U.S. Homicides
C. Reading Articles in Library:
Pratto, F, & Espinoza, P. (2001). Gender, Ethnicity, and Power. Journal of Social Issues, 57,
Second Examination: Lecture and Discussion Topics
I. Social Cognition (Textbook): (2/20)
11. Contrast Effects and Judgments of Physical Attractiveness: When Beauty Becomes a Social
14. Videotape and the Attribution Process: Reversing Actors' and Observers' Points of View
15. Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious
II. Community Psychology (2/27)
A. Community Health Services
B. Prevention Program
C. Consultation Services
D. Reading Articles in Library
Biglan, A., Mrazek, P., Carnine, D., & Flay, B. (2003). The integration of research and practice
in theprevention of youth problem behaviors. American Psychologist, 58, 433-440.
Nation, M., Crusto, C., Wandersman, A., Kumpfer, K., Seybolt, D., Davino, E., & Davino, K.
(2003). What works in Prevention: Principles of effective prevention programs. American
Psychologist, 58, 449-456.
Wandersman, A., & Florin, P. (2003). Community interventions and effective
prevention. American Psychologist, 58, 441-448.
III. SELF-JUSTIFICATION (Textbook): (3/13)
17. Compliance Without Pressure: The Foot-in-the-Door Technique.
18. Reducing Weight By Reducing Dissonance: The Role of Effort Justification in Inducing Weight
20. Using Cognitive Dissonance to Encourage Water Conservation
21. Self-Theories of Intelligence
IV. HUMAN AGGRESSION (Textbook): (3/20)
22. The Effects of Observing Violence
24. Peacetime Casualties: The Effects of War on the Violent Behavior of Noncombatants
26. Predictors of Naturalistic Sexual Aggression
Final Examination: Lecture and Discussion Topics
I. PREJUDICE (Textbook): (4/3 & 4/10)
27. The Nonverbal Mediation of Self-Fulfilling Prophecies in Interracial Interaction
29. Experiments in Group Conflict
30. Jigsaw Groups and the Desegregated Classroom: In Pursuit of Common Goals
31. Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, and the Social Psychology of Affirmative Action
II. LIKING, LOVING, AND INTERPERSONAL SENSITIVITY (Textbook): (4/10 & 4/17)
32. "Playing Hard to Get": Understanding an Elusive Phenomenon
35. Some Evidence for Heightened Sexual Attraction under Conditions of High Anxiety
36. Keeping Track of Needs and Inputs of Friends and Strangers
III. Community Psychology (4/17 & 4/24)
A. Crisis Intervention
C. Reading Articles in Library:
Lin, E., Bugental, D., Turek, V., Martorell, G., & Olster, D. (2002). Children’s vocal properties
as mobilizers of stress-related physiological responses in adults. Personality and Social
Psychology, 28, 346-357
Seta, J. J., Seta, C. E., & McElroy, T. (2002). Strategies for Reducing the Stress of Negative Life
Experiences: An Averaging/Summation Analysis. Personality and Social Psychology
Bulletin, 28, 1574-1585.
Somerfield, M. R., & McCrae, R. R. (2000). Stress and Coping Research: Methodological
Challenges, Theoretical Advances, and Clinical Applications. American
Psychologist, 55, 620-625.
GRADING GRADING SCALE
Research Project & Class Report................... 20 points A = 90 points and above
Article Reviews ............................................. 15 points B = 80-89 points
1st. Exam...................................................... 20 points C = 60-79 points
2nd. Exam..................................................... 20 points D = 50-59 points
Final Exam.................................................... 25 points F = 49 points and below
All students are expected to attend all scheduled class sessions. The failure to regularly attend detrimentally affects your final grade due to missed lectures.
Any student who has a condition that may affect his/her academic performance is encouraged to make an appointment with me or with the Disability Services in Clement 140, Telephone (931)221-6230, to discuss this matter.
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